Update Microsoft release Windows 10 Optional Cumulative Update KB5005611 with News and Interest fixes, more

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Microsoft has released Windows 10 Optional Cumulative Update KB5005611 to Windows 10 users running version 19041.1266, 19042.1266, and 19043.1266 (ie. Windows 10 May 2020 Update, October 2020 Update and May 2021 Update).
The optional update allows admins to test the update before its full rollout at Patch Tuesday.
The highlights of the update include:
  • Updates an issue that causes the system clock to be wrong by one hour after a daylight saving time (DST) change.
  • Updates an issue that causes applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, to suddenly stop working during normal use.
  • Updates an issue with the Microsoft Outlook Add-in that prevents you from typing a reply.
  • Updates an issue that causes blurry News and interests icons when you use certain screen resolutions.
  • Updates an issue that causes News and interests to appear when you right-click the taskbar even if you have turned off that feature on your device.
  • Updates an issue that might cause distortion in the sound that Cortana and other voice assistants record.
  • Updates an issue that causes your device to stop working after you restart it.
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from providing input to apps when the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen.

 

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Now easier to mitigate PrintNightmare vulnerabilities​

In July, Microsoft added a new group policy to require drivers only to be installed by administrators. Microsoft did this to fix a remote code execution vulnerability known as PrintNightmare.

In August, Microsoft enabled this setting by default, causing numerous printing issues for enterprise users.

While this setting was added as a group policy, it could only be enabled or disabled by manually editing the Windows Registry. Microsoft did this by adding the RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators value under the HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrint key.

Microsoft has introduced a group policy that allows you to manage this setting more easily with today's update. This new policy is named "Limits print driver installation to Administrators" and can be found under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Printers.

New Limits print driver installation to Administrators group policy

New Limits print driver installation to Administrators group policy

Microsoft has also modified the following Group Policy settings to configure period, or dot (.) delimited IP addresses, for approved print servers:
 
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